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Stanford has no answers for White as Colorado downs Cardinal

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Stanford has no answers for White as Colorado downs Cardinal

STANFORD — Derrick White scored 19 points with eight assists and eight rebounds, Bryce Peters made two 3-pointers as part of a big run in the second half and Colorado held on to beat Stanford 81-74 on Thursday.

Xavier Johnson had 19 points and six rebounds, Peters scored 13 points and Tory Miller added 10 and seven rebounds to help the Buffaloes (13-10, 3-7 Pac-12) to their third consecutive win following a seven-game losing streak.

The win also the 199th of Colorado coach Tad Boyle's career, 143 coming with the Buffaloes.

It wasn't easy or pretty as the two teams combined for 48 fouls and 35 turnovers, including a season-high 23 by Colorado.

The Buffaloes were also held to one basket over the final six minutes but made 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal their seventh consecutive win over the Cardinal.

Marcus Sheffield scored 19 points and Michael Humphrey added 13 points and eight rebounds for Stanford (11-11, 3-7).

Colorado led 53-49 with 11½ minutes remaining before going on a 17-6 run. Peters made two of his three 3-pointers, including one from 27 feet out, and had two free throws during the run.

Stanford closed within 72-63 on Humphrey's jumper with 2:28 left.

Colorado shot nearly 58 percent in the first half but it was misleading. The Buffaloes committed 12 turnovers and managed only three buckets over the final 4 ½ minutes.

Sheffield, who had 15 points before the break, kept Stanford close with three 3-pointers and Josh Sharma added a 19-foot jumper to pull the Cardinal within 41-31 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: The Buffaloes rode the momentum from their stunning win over then-No. 10 Oregon last week to a sometimes sloppy win over the Cardinal. Boyle's team still has a long way to go to get out of the bottom half of the conference but the view looks a lot better than they did a short time ago. . Colorado leads the all-time series 10-9.

Stanford: The Cardinal appeared to have things turned around with three straight wins in mid-January but that's a distant memory now. Stanford didn't play poorly but was inconsistent on the defensive end and were outmuscled inside most of the night.

UP NEXT

Colorado: The Buffaloes stay in the Bay Area and play at California on Sunday seeking their first-ever win in Berkeley.

Stanford: Hosts Utah on Saturday. The Utes have won three of the four against the Cardinal, the lone loss coming last season at Maples Pavilion.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.